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Chase Park Festival has announced that UK specialist care provider Voyage Care has come on board as headline sponsor for this year’s show.

Deemed as the “North East’s festival for everyone”, it is one of the UK’s most accessible outdoor live music events for people with a disability. Running to its eight year, the festival takes place on Saturday 26 August in Saltwell Park, Gateshead.

Festival organiser Alistair McDonald has said the sponsorship will help make it a five-star experience for disabled music fans and musicians, who will be performing on the site’s second stage.

“Chase Park Festival relies on like minded partners to sponsor the event to help with the additional costs which come with making the festival one of the most accessible and inclusive events in the UK,” he explained.

McDonald told Access that the partnership means that the festival was able to bring on board performance BSL translators, invest in new trackways around the park to enable wheel chair users to get round and to ensure it has a “changing places” standard toilet on site.

He continued: “Having organisations like Voyage Care being on board enable us to give disabled festival goers the opportunity to enjoy a great day out. I think that a major national player like Voyage really shows that Chase Park is starting to become a major event.”

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Voyage Care, based in Lichfield, Staffordshire, operates nationwide providing people with disabilities the opportunity to live active and fulfilling lives.

Jayne Davey, Voyage Care COO, added: “We have chosen to sponsor the festival because it looks like a fantastic event and the spirit of it fits perfectly with our values.

“We believe everyone has the right to live the life they choose and get involved in the things they enjoy doing. We use music very successfully as part of our therapies as a way of expressing emotions, talking about feelings and exploring experiences.

“Chase Park Festival is all about bringing people together. It’s is going to be an amazing day of live music and everyone should go along and enjoy themselves.”

According to McDonald, the company was the first organisation the Chase Park team approached for sponsorship and both parties believe the special relationship they now have between them will be a positive and far reaching one for all concerned.

Chase Park has said that if regional businesses want to support the event there are still sponsorship opportunities on offer.